8 August- 1st day BlueGorilla in Rauma
We chose two spots for our new BlueGorilla series in Rauma. One is in a parking lot in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by middle-size block buildings, also known as Lajos. We have audiences from the windows, people coming and going with their cars, and the workers in the area: construction workers, garbage men, gardeners and cleaning persons. Our first day was sunny and light. We had quite some positive reactions from people, smiles and little attentions. These are details that help us to go on. We made our first friend: a big young man who seem to have 5 cars or more in this parking lot. His main car was broken so stayed around us for an hour, I think. He tried to speak to us but he spoke in finnish and didn't seem to speak english. We waved to each other when we left.
Our second spot is the parking lot in front of the S-market. It seems like the only space for social interaction in the area. First we come inside in the small cafeteria to have our coffee. When we are ready, we continue our dance in the spot not too close to the entrance, on the side. This is also where we practice. There is more people passing by there than in our first spot. People park their cars and go shopping. No-one came to talk to us. We met our first friend again there in a truck. The 6th car. We waved again. Waving always feels nice, it is the first trace of communication.